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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For …

Language Learning

Teaching formal writing

<i>In January we asked over 450 teachers from around the world to vote for the biggest writing challenge they face in their classroom. Since then we’ve</i> …

10 modern English words and slang terms you should know

Not everything can be taught in the classroom – that’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 newer English words, slang terms and figures of speech for …

Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

The amount of time teachers spend at the literal level will vary based on student responses. When we read over our students’ shoulders, check on …

Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning

I have an issue with the use of the word 'teaching.' We often use 'teaching' and 'learning' synonymously. In reality, learning is distinctly different from teaching: teaching is about <i>teachers,</i> and learning is about <i>students.</i> In traditional education, teaching is like a teacher giving a student a cup …

How a brutal gang rape gave Brazil's 'silent' women the power to fight back

Last week, a 25-year-old businesswoman and a 13-year-old schoolgirl were both gang-raped in different corners of Brazil.<p>Both cases shocked the nation but, in a country where a woman reports a rape every three hours, there is a growing awareness that such attacks are not isolated incidents.<p>The …

Awake At The Bedside - Zen and the Art of Dying

The editors of <i>Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of- Life Care</i> want to make one thing very clear: this book is not about dying, it's about life and what it can teach us, it's about caring and what giving care really means.<p>Equal parts instruction manual and …

How To Write Down Notes You Will Remember - PsyBlog

Study compares writing by hand with real and virtual keyboards.<p>Writing by hand strengthens memory in comparison to writing on a real or virtual …

The story of cities #15: the rise and ruin of Rio de Janeiro's first favela

Since it was first built by war veterans in 1897, Morro da Providência has become a complex symbol of poverty, violence and sentimentality, fetishised in popular culture. But where do Rio’s favelas fit into Brazil’s vision for the Olympic Games?<p>Among Brazilian film buffs and cultural historians, …

Brazil

Law Firm At Center of Panama Papers Leak Was Implicated In Brazil Corruption Scandal In January

Two months before one of the world’s largest data leaks, dubbed the Panama Papers, was made public on Sunday, Brazilian prosecutors accused the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca at the center of the leak, of corruption. (The firm, whose leaked records span 40 years and make up the Panama Papers, …

Meditation for Beginners: How to Meditate

Shutterstock<p>Leave a Loud Room<p>There's no <i>wrong</i> place to meditate, but choosing a calm place might make it easier when you're first starting out: "Your …

Meditation

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

© 2010 Enokson, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Two years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web …

Language Learning

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more

If you do fewer teacher-directed activities, that means the kids will naturally do more talking, doesn’t it? Not necessarily. I have often found …

Why we don't follow through on what we set out to do — and how to fix it

Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other projects, entertaining guests, and delaying his work on the text.<p>Hugo's publisher had become frustrated by his repeated procrastination and responded by setting a formidable deadline.<p>The publisher demanded that Hugo finish the …

What Quality Education Should Teach You, According to a Harvard Scientist

Harvard’s great biologist/psychologist <b>Steven Pinker</b> is one of my favorites, even though I’m just starting to get into his work.<p>What makes him great …

Education

Four Reasons for Decline of Religion

Religious participation is declining among Americans even though religion is still very popular. According to the latest Religious Landscape Study by the Pew Research Forum, the percentage of Americans who believe in God, attend religious services and pray daily has declined significantly during …

Surreal Painted Faces Make Us Question What We Are Seeing

Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov explores the visually transformative power of paint and makeup in his <i>2D or not 2D</i> and <i>Angry Beards</i> projects. Both bodies of work are part of the photographer's overarching <i>Art of Face</i> series that includes an ever-growing collection of beauty shots …

Science Says This Is What Jesus Really Looked Like

While Western culture is accustomed to depictions of Jesus as a lanky white guy with long, straight, perfectly-conditioned hair, or, much less often, …

Christianity

The 10 most popular free online courses for professionals

Your education shouldn't stop when you leave the classroom.<p>Learning new skills is a great way to expand your mind and get ahead in your career — and it's easier than ever with a plethora of online classes just a click away.<p>A good place to start is with this year's most popular Coursera courses from …

Subliminal Manipulation. How Media and Advertising Uses Neurolinguistic Mind Control Programming

The Dynamics of Rapport: Using Neurolinguistics to Improve Communication | HRDQ-U

This creepy photo of an abandoned motel is freaking out the internet

A tourist who captured a photo of an abandoned motel in the Route 66 ghost town of Amboy got a shock when they took a closer look at the image<p>A photograph of an eerie ghost town is freaking out internet users and if you take a closer look you’ll see why.<p>Reddit user srslytho was exploring the …

Sacred Knowledge: how psychedelics shaped an academic's life

William Richards’ new memoir focuses on the way psychedelics have enriched his life and fuelled his own work on ‘entheogens’ and spiritual experiences<p>In 1963, then-psychology grad student William A Richards was studying in Germany when he volunteered to take part in an experiment with psychedelics. …

Snapchat positions itself as breaking news platform with San Bernardino coverage

Snapchat is not typically a place you'd go to for information about a breaking news story. But the messaging app ran a story on the San Bernardino …

Snapchat’s first breaking news event covers San Bernardino mass shooting

Snapchat has taken many by surprise by making its grand entry into the field of live news coverage.<p>On December 2, as the mass shooting in San …

Secrets of kindness from Matthieu Ricard, the 'world's happiest man'

If being kinder is a goal for you, Matthieu Ricard has some good news. Kindness leads directly to happiness, says the 69-year-old Buddhist monk.<p>Ricard, often called the “happiest man in the world," has undergone hours of MRI scans during which scientists found unusually high levels of upbeat …

Happiness

The world's most beautiful airport control towers

Deepak Chopra shares 4 ways to be mindful like the most successful people on earth

"They are machines. There is no difference between you and your computer," the award-winning author and physician told Business Insider this week while promoting the new documentary he's in, "Mindfulness: Be Happy Now."<p>To combat this, people can practice mindfulness, or the art of being present. …

Kenya declares public holiday for papal Mass

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan government has declared a national public holiday the day Pope Francis will celebrate Mass here, drawing an expected …

JFK assassination: Woman sues for return of film

<b>A woman whose grandfather filmed the assassination of President John F Kennedy as a home movie is suing the US government for its return.</b><p>Gayle Nix Jackson is also seeking $10m (£6.6m) in compensation over the film shot by Orville Nix in November 1963.<p>He sold the film to a news agency that year but …